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New Analysis from the Center for Climate and Security – Ten Years After its Founding

By Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) has been producing cutting-edge analysis on the security risks of climate change since its founding ten years ago – back when few were paying attention to this dimension of national and international security. Today, climate security risks are unfortunately on the rise across the world, and the need for continued analysis (and urgent policy action) on the issue has never been greater. In this context, the CCS team continues to deliver informed warnings about the state of climate security, and to offer solutions. Here is a list of notable output from CCS, and its experts, over the past few months.

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Dr. Eric Hunt

Dr. Eric Hunt,
Research Fellow

Dr. Eric Hunt is a Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he looks at national, environmental, and food security risks from climate change and hydrometeorological extremes. Eric is a Staff Scientist in the Research and Development division of Verisk Atmospheric and Environmental Research, where his research focuses on the monitoring and prediction of drought/flash drought and its impacts to agriculture and water resources. Eric recently led a paper with co-founders Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell on the impact of the 2010 Russia flash drought on food security. Eric received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources Sciences in 2015 from the University of Nebraska.

NPR on Climate and Security Scenarios with Francesco Femia

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An aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base affected by major flood damage, March 17, 2019 (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Rachelle Blake)

In yesterday’s episode of NPR’s On Point, Meghna Chakrabarti interviewed journalist Emily Atkin and Francesco Femia, the Council on Strategic Risks’ CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security, to discuss the implications of climate change for global instability and conflict. The show built upon an article in the New Republic by Emily Atkin, The Blood-Dimmed Tide, exploring a catastrophic 2100 climate scenario. Francesco touched on a number of topics, including climate risks to military installations, the growing bipartisan U.S. national security consensus on climate change and security (including across the intelligence and defense community), as well as the strategic benefits of U.S. investments in climate prevention and preparation (and conversely, the strategic negatives, vis-a-vis its competitors and adversaries, of doing nothing). Listen to the On Point episode here. The segment with Francesco Femia starts at 25:05, but the full show is worth a listen.

RELEASE: The Council on Strategic Risks Selects Erin Sikorsky as New Director of the Center for Climate and Security, and John Conger as Senior Advisor

September 1, 2021 —  Today the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) announced it has selected Erin Sikorsky as its new Director of the Center for Climate and Security (CCS). Ms. Sikorsky previously served as the CCS Deputy Director. The previous Director of CCS, the Honorable John Conger, will now be a Senior Advisor across CSR’s programs and Director Emeritus of CCS.

“As we’ve seen repeatedly this summer, no corner of the world is safe from climate change-driven hazards. In 2021 alone, these hazards have taken thousands of lives and done millions of dollars of damage to critical infrastructure,” said Sikorsky. “Beyond these first order impacts, however, are a series of more complex security concerns that arise as climate change compounds other risks — including extremism, poor governance and corruption, rising inequality and state fragility, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other health security risks. As more and more governments come to grips with this reality, the Center for Climate and Security has the expertise, diverse network, and silo-busting approach needed to analyze these risks and lead action to identify and implement climate security solutions. I’m honored to step into this leadership role and continue the organization’s ground-breaking work.”

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